A divorce can affect a child psychologically, intellectually, and even behaviorally. Children can suffer physiologically from things like depression, intellectually by having trouble in school and behaviorally by having trouble in social settings. Legally, a divorce is a single event, but from a psychological standpoint, it is a complicated, multilevel issue. Things like identity confusion, depression, and anxiety are all areas of psychological concern this paper will address. Through this explanation, I will demonstrate the harmful effects divorce has on children.
In adulthood, Amato and Sobolewski shared the three processes that mediate long term effects of marital discord: socioeconomic attainment, relationship instability, and the quality of relationships between offspring and parents (902). Parental discord interferes with children’s educational attainment, leaves them with inadequate interpersonal skills, and a history of unstable intimate relationships, or undermines close ties with their parents and kin, children’s distress is likely to be reinforced or even amplified after reaching adulthood (Amato and Sobolewski 902). Amato and Sobolewski support Grych and Finchman that overt conflict between parents is a direct stressor for children whether younger or older (903). Parents that fight frequently, tend to display less warmth toward their children and discipline them more harshly (Amato and Sobolewski 903). For these reasons, children in high-conflict households are at increased risks for antisocial behavior, anxiety, depression, and difficulty in concentrating (Amato and Sobolewski 903).
A current level of problems the child is experiencing is divorce related risk and protective factors. Problems that children are experiencing is divorce risk and protective factors. Several other risk and protective factors have also been found to be associated with problem outcomes for children following their parents’ divorce. Children who experience divorce face conflict with parents, and health problems. The impact on children can be very over whelming in the end for everyone starting from their parents to their teacher.
The security of the child is shatter... ... middle of paper ... ... was reported that many children found it difficult to develop friendships for reasons such as holding back from others as well as fear of inviting others to their home (Adams 2006). In conclusion, it is clearly shown that domestic violence has a negative effect on the children who witness it. An expanding body of research suggests that childhood trauma and adverse experiences can lead to a variety of negative health outcomes (Anda & Chapman & Dube & Felitti & Giles & Williamson, 2001, p.1). In fact, childhood stressors such as witnessing domestic violence and other household dysfunctions are highly interrelated and have a graded relationship to numerous health and social problems (Anda & Chapman & Dube & Felitti & Giles & Williamson, 2001, p.2). It is obvious and clearly shown that the children who witness domestic abuse have serious long term mental effects.
My older brother had enough of his crap, he exclaimed to our father to not treat our mother this way. They were in a never-ending dispute, which later ended in a physical fight. We all left my dad, I thought this was the last time we’d live with my dad or even talk to him; I had no emotions at the time. I didn’t feel remorse for leaving him. As we left, my older brother cried.
Through losing his mother he learned to not take for granted the people in his life. He also learned from his parents that he did not want to raise his children like they did. From the lack of money he grew up with, he developed a hard worker attitude. He was determined to not maintain the life he knew for his children. My parents fight and argue but they have never talked about splitting up or getting divorced.
The research conducted by Harol... ... middle of paper ... ...nd also his/her social skills. In conclusion, certain environments can have a negative impact on children’s subsequent psychological development. In this essay I discussed how an environment of domestic violence and inter-parental conflict and an environment of divorce or separation and the changing of the family structure can negatively affect the child’s psychological development and behaviour. Domestic abuse and inter-parental conflict, even if it is not directed at the child, have the ability of making the child become more susceptible to the same psychological trauma, in terms of development, as children who receive direct physical abuse and maltreatment from their parents. An environment where the child is exposed to conflict and aggressive behaviour from their parents or “models” can also have significant negative impacts on their psychological development.
Their anxiety levels peak as they feel they are going to be abandoned. They experience feelings of loneliness due to the loss of the other parent. Different children go through these emotions at different levels and at different times depending on the child’s age. How bad or how well children handle the divorce depends on how the situation is handled. It can throw the child's entire life into a whirlwind.
Children being physically abused will have loss in concentration, headaches, stomachaches and may wet the bed. Injuries occur mostly from trying to stop violence on their mother or a sibling. Some of the most common signs are, attendance from school, acting out, withdraw from activities they once loved and anxiety. Domestic violence in the home gives a child long term effects. In a home where the mother is abused by the father grow up thinking they need to use intimidation and violence to get what they want.
Consequently, children in this situation become insecurely attached and, in adulthood, exhibit excessive dependency on their partners (Carney & Young, 2012). Childhood exposure to parental shaming, insecure attachment, and physical abuse form the core of an abusive personality, which, in adulthood, leads these individuals to abuse their partners and continues the generational cycle of violence (Buttell et al.,